February 14, 2019

KCAI’s Graphic Design Program Ranks in Nation’s Top 5%

KCAI’s stellar Graphic Design program has been named one of the best in the country and the top program in Missouri by Animation Career Review. The online magazine ranked KCAI in the top 5% of all graphic design programs in the U.S. and in the top 4% of Graphic Design programs offering a B.F.A.

KCAI’s Graphic Design major stands out because of its emphasis on a cross-media skill set, with a rigorous approach to audience research, theory and conceptual problem-solving. Students are exposed to professional practices, concepts and skills integral to building rewarding careers. They graduate as confident, creative design thinkers who can not only adapt to change but also influence it

The full-time faculty, all practicing artists and designers, are key to the department’s success. “The faculty understands that we need to equip our students for their future career, not just mimic what’s happening now, as they may be practicing design beyond the year 2060,” says Department Chair and Associate Professor Tyler Galloway.

Galloway and Assistant Professors Lisa Maione and Adam Lucas bring a myriad of professional knowledge to the college including time working at national magazines and art directing at Wieden+Kennedy. They lead the students through collaborative community projects like the designing of posters for the Folly Theater jazz series, which gives students professional experience in presenting to clients and a chance to have their posters displayed outside the theater in downtown Kansas City.

The professional and educational value of the Folly collaboration is far-reaching, but according to Galloway, the project has an even bigger meaning.  “It’s so important for students to interact with other arts organizations like the Folly. Part of what we are teaching our students is the power of giving back and the importance of being civically engaged,” he said.

Learn more about the rankings here.

September 11, 2019

Jill Downen’s Open Spaces Work Donated to the City

Associate Professor and Chair of Sculpture Jill Downen’s (’89 Painting) Open Spaces artwork has been gifted to the people of Kansas City by the R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust. An Architectural Folly from a Future Place, aconcrete and stone low wall with a fissure, is designed to be a social space —a bench for visitors to sit on and enjoy the serene green space of Swope Park. Jill’s work is one of three Open Spaces artworks donated to the city and two are connected to KCAI. Any Word But Wait by Flavio Cerqueira was sculpted at KCAI Crossroads Gallery last year when he was an artist-in-residence. Flavio’s work is located on the UMKC Volker campus. Join us in congratulating Jill for this amazing accomplishment and read the complete press release from the city here.

August 19, 2019

KCAI Announces Lineup for Fall Current Perspectives Lecture Series

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will welcome two notable Visiting Artists this fall to present at the Current Perspectives lecture series. These presentations by a diverse group of artists will inform, engage and celebrate relevant topics and practices in contemporary art and culture. The artists will also directly engage with students through a series of classroom conversations and critiques. Current Perspectives Lectures Each lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus at 4415 Warwick.  Tickets are not required and all events are free and open to the public. For detailed information visit https://kcai.edu/campus-life/publicprograms/. Lisa Congdon Finding Your Voice: Uncovering the Holy Grail Thursday, October 17 To Illustrator and Author Lisa Congdon, the process of finding your creative voice is akin to uncovering your own superpower. Join Congdon, author of Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic, as she unravels the mysteries and delights of the process of finding your voice, including what it means to have an artistic voice and why having one matters, how to navigate influence, and practices that can accelerate the process of finding and refining your voice. Liz Collins The Best of Both Worlds Thursday, November 21 Embracing abstraction, optics, read more…